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Glossary of Australian Slang, Idioms & Aussie Lingo

Define:

  • Acca Dacca - rock band 'AC DC'
  • ace – excellent
  • ambo - Paramedic, Ambulance Officer
  • ‘ang on – wait a moment
  • arvo – afternoon
  • Aussie - person from Australia (pronounced: Ozzey)
  • ‘avago – have a go (usually ‘ya mug’ – you fool – is added); try harder
  • bangaroo - marathon sex
  • barbie – barbecue or BBQ
  • barra - a barramundi fish
  • bewdy or bewdy bottler – good; the best
  • Beyond the Black Stump – far from the city; the outback
  • bickie - biscut or cookie
  • bingle – minor car accident
  • bludger – layabout, one who wants something for nothing, person who does not work or works very little
  • bluey – a swag or blanket roll
  • bombed out – unsuccessful; also drunk
  • bonza - excellent
  • boys in blue - Police
  • Brisbanites - people from Brisbane
  • buckleys - no chance
  • budgy smugglers - swimming atire, also referred to as 'togs'
  • burl - 'give it a burl' give it a go; attempt something
  • by crickey – an expression of surprise
  • cactus – useless, broken
  • cark it – to die
  • cashed up – having plenty of ready money
  • cheesed (off) – bored; fed up
  • chewy – chewing gum
  • chook – domestic fowl
  • chook raffle – a lottery in which the prize is a chicken; usually held in a ‘pub’ (hotel)
  • chuck a wobbly – go berserk
  • cobber – friend
  • cocky – know all; also a small farmer
  • combo - combination
  • come a cropper – to fall heavily
  • cot case – a drunk or exhausted person only fit for bed
  • cracking - excellent / get cracking - start something
  • Darwin stubby - 2 litre bottle of beer
  • deadhead – a stupid person
  • deadly - excellent ("The Deadlys" is an award program to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to their community and to Australian society)
  • dead marine – an empty beer bottle (also: dead soldier)
  • dead set – certain; assured; used as an exclamation meaning ‘really!’
  • dead set against it – uncooperative
  • dinky-di – genuine
  • do your lolly (mellon; nana; loaf) – to get very angry
  • dob in – to betray or report someone to the authorities; also to nominate someone for an umpleasent task
  • don’t get off your bike – calm down
  • drongo – stupid person
  • dry as a drovers dog – extremely thirsty
  • dunny – an outside toilet
  • esky – a portable icebox (brand name)
  • fair crack of the whip – ease up (also: fair suck of the surf)
  • fair dinkum – honest; genuine
  • fair enough – alright; acceptable
  • fair go – a chance; also an appeal for fairness
  • flake (out) – to collapse; to fall asleap
  • flat out like a lizard drinking – lying prone; also rushed; extremely busy
  • flush – having plenty of money
  • fossick – to search for something
  • freak out – to have an extreme reaction (good or bad) to something
  • full as a goog (tick; boot) – drunk; full of food after a big meal
  • game as Ned Kelly – very brave (Ned Kelly was a daring bushranger [robber] in 1878)
  • garbage – an exclamation meaning ‘what rubbish, I don’t believe you!’
  • garbo - garbage collector
  • g’donya – good for you; well done; can also be sarcastic; or mean ‘I don’t believe you’
  • go off like a bucket of prawns in the sun – to create commotion
  • good one – an explanation of approval; or comment that someone is stretching the truth
  • goodo – yes, alright
  • goon - wine sold inside a bag and cardboard box
  • gutful – more than enough (I’ve had a gutful of this – I’ve had enough)
  • have tickets on yourself – to be conceited
  • hit the deck – to duck; to put your head down
  • hit the tin – put money in the kitty; to contribute to a collection of cash
  • hoon – a stupid or uncultivated person; also a fast or wreckless driver
  • hooroo – goodbye
  • jackaroo - male working with cattle or horses
  • joolaroo - female working as a jackaroo
  • kero - kerosene
  • kick in – to help out with money
  • knock – to criticise, find fault
  • knocker – a person who makes derogatory remarks
  • larrikin – mischievous, wild or carefree person
  • lations - family relatives or 'relations'
  • like a hornet in a bottle – furious
  • like a possum up a gum tree – moving fast
  • like a rat up a drainpipe – moving even faster
  • lingo – language
  • loaded – extremely wealthy; also very drunk
  • local rag - local newspaper
  • longkneck - 750ml bottle of beer (also: tallie)
  • mackas - McDonalds
  • main drag - main road or street through a town
  • mate – good or best friend; also used to greet someone as in ‘G’day mate’
  • matilda – a blanket roll carried by a swagman
  • Melbournians - people from Melbourne
  • metho - methylated spirits
  • mexicans - people from the state south of yours
  • milko - milk home delivery person
  • m’oath – my oath; on my oath. bloody oath - i agree
  • mug – fool
  • mulga – rough country (actually: a type of tree)
  • muso - musician
  • no-hopper – incompetent person; social misfit
  • nosh up – a good meal
  • nick – to steal
  • nicked – to be caught; (I got nicked – I got caught) go away; (get nicked)
  • nick off – to go away; expression meaning ‘lose yourself!’
  • nifty – stylish; clever; shrewd to the point of dishonesty
  • ocker – the archetypal uncultivated Australian male
  • outback – the inland country far away from large cities
  • pint of beer - 570ml
  • prang – minor car accident
  • prawn - shrimp
  • pot of beer - 285ml (a 'one pot screamer' is someone who gets drunk off very little alcohol). Also known as a 'middy' or 'half pint'
  • rack off – to go away
  • Julia Gillard - Rangaranga - person with red hair (Julia Gillard Australian Prime Minister - pictured right)
  • rego - vehicle registration
  • righto - alright
  • ring-in – a substitute
  • rissole - a type of meatball flattened out; or fat meat patty. (also: 'given the rissole' sacked or fired from employment.
  • road train - a truck with many sections attached (some road trains are over a kilometre long)
  • rort – a con
  • sangers – sandwiches
  • schooner of beer - 425ml
  • ’scuse me - excuse me
  • servo - a petrol station or gas station
  • she’ll be apples, she’s sweet – it’ll be fine
  • shoot through - to go somewhere else (or he shot through)
  • shonky – poor quality
  • shotgun - the front passenger seat of a vehicle
  • shout – to buy drinks for everyone
  • shrapnel - coins of a low denomination
  • sickie – a day taken off work, but not necessarily because of illness
  • skip – Australian-born (from Skippy the kangaroo [a TV show])
  • skite – a bragger
  • slack - work left over by a lazy person. To 'pull up the slack' is to do the work left over by others.
  • a slash - to take 'a slash' or 'have a slash' - to urinate
  • smoko – a break from work (originally a cigarette)
  • snags – sausages
  • speedo - vehicle speedomoter
  • stinker – an objectionable person
  • stone the crows – exclamation of astonishment
  • stubby - a bottle of beer (330ml) or stubbie / a brand of shorts
  • stubby cooler - used to keep your hand warm and a beer cold
  • swag – a blanket roll of light bedding
  • swagman – a man who travels around the country on foot and takes odd jobs usually in the outback
  • Sydneyites - people from Sydney
  • ratbag – a rogue; an eccentric person
  • rubbish – to criticice; to mock
  • servo - petrol station
  • ta - thank you
  • tall poppy (/syndrome) - a cultural tendancy to cutt people down to size - criticise people who excell or achieve significantly / or publicly above others.
  • ta-ta – goodbye
  • Taswegins - people from Tasmania
  • the ditch - water between Australia and New Zealand
  • tinnie – a can of beer; a small aluminum boat
  • too right – an exclamation meaning ‘I agree’
  • top drop – a good beer or wine
  • true blue – genuine
  • twit – a fool
  • ute – open backed pick-up truck
  • veg out – relax
  • wag – to play truant
  • wheelie – a noisy skidding turn while driving
  • whinge – to complain
  • whopper – something surprisingly big
  • woop woop - out in the middle of no where
  • wowser – a killjoy; a prudish teetotaler
  • write-off – a total loss
  • wuss – spoilsport; afraid to have a go
  • yakka – hard or heavy work
  • yank - American
  • yobbo – a loud or stupid uncultivated person
  • yonks ago (or yonks and yonks ago) - a long time ago
  • zonked (out) – tired out; exhausted

Australian Spoonerisms

  • no wucking furries (or: no wuccas) - no worries
  • cunny funt - a funny person